By: Dani


Every girl has a girl crush…maybe even more than one. One of mine happens to be Kate Hudson. Seriously, I want her to be my best friend. So I always get pretty psyched about seeing her taking on a new project. And in addition to all of the other stuff she does (new movies like Mother’s Day, Fabletics clothing line, parenting), she is now working on a new television series, “The Barbary Coast.” It is a new series set during the era of the Californian Gold Rush, and since I am a history buff, I am also pretty excited about this part, too.

The show is being developed by Mel Gibson and will also star Kurt Russell. Gibson is not only co-writing, executive producing, and directing the show, he will also have a recurring role in the series. As most people know, Russell is the long-time partner of Hudson’s mother, Goldie Hawn. So it will be very interesting to see Russell and Hudson get to work together in a professional capacity for an extended length of time. And just to round out the family affair, Hudson’s brothers, Oliver Hudson and Wyatt Russell, will also be executive producing the show along with Bruce Davey and Rick Nicita.

The show has not been picked up by a network yet, but it is coming from the Mark Gordon Co., which has turned out shows like “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Quantico” so I imagine it won’t take too long for a network to snatch it up.

“The Barbary Coast” is actually based on a book of the same name by Herbert Asbury. Below is the description of the novel from Amazon:

The history of the Barbary Coast properly begins with the gold rush to California in 1849. If the precious yellow metal hadn’t been discovered … the development of San Francisco’s underworld in all likelihood would have been indistinguishable from that of any other large American city. Instead, owing almost entirely to the influx of gold-seekers and the horde of gamblers, thieves, harlots, politicians, and other felonious parasites who battened upon them, there arose a unique criminal district that for almost seventy years was the scene of more viciousness and depravity, but which at the same time possessed more glamour, than any other area of vice and iniquity on the American continent. The Barbary Coast is Herbert Asbury’s classic chronicle of the birth of San Francisco—a violent explosion from which the infant city emerged full-grown and raging wild. From all over the world practitioners of every vice stampeded for the blood and money of the gold fields. Gambling dens ran all day including Sundays. From noon to noon houses of prostitution offered girls of every age and race. (In the 1850s, San Francisco was home to only one woman for every thirty men. It was not until 1910 that the sexes achieved anything close to parity in their populations.) This is the story of the banditry, opium bouts, tong wars, and corruption, from the eureka at Sutter’s Mill until the last bagnio closed its doors seventy years later.

What do you think? Will you be checking out the new show? How do you feel about family members working together like this?


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